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PRECURSOR TO THE FIRST BRITISH JOURNAL OF GENETICS

BATESON, SAUNDERS, and PUNNETT. Reports to the Evolution Committee of the Royal Society. Reports I–V.

London: Royal Society, 1902-1909 [1910]

Five volumes in one. Contemporary cloth, leather label. Near fine.

FIRST EDITIONS. A splendid association copy, from the library of Caroline Pellew with her signed inscription:  “C. Pellew  Ink corrections taken from W. Bateson’s corrections in his own copy.” Caroline Pellew was a geneticist at the John Innes Horticultural Institution, founded in 1910, under its first director, William Bateson. There she served as his “lieutenant, secretary, mentor and foil” (Harman, The Man Who Invented the Chromosome). Pellew and Bateson collaborated on experiments on Mendelism and chromosome theory involving Pisum peas.

These reports “were the main vehicle for Mendelian publication in Britain until Bateson and Punnett began the Journal of Genetics in 1910” (DSB). They cover Bateson’s career at the height of his powers. During this period he published his textbook of genetics (1902), proved that Mendelian inheritance applies to animals as well as plants, coined the term genetics (1905), and was the first to be named professor of genetics in Britain.

$10,000